On February 1, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and that pursuant to Article XV of the treaty, the United States would withdraw from the treaty in six months. In response to the announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia would also suspend its obligations under the treaty. Unless something dramatic occurs, it appears that the INF Treaty, signed in 1987 by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, will likely end this summer. What implications will the end of the INF treaty have for New START and the future of strategic stability?
On March 22, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a discussion involving experts and former government officials to explore this question and others. Following their conversation, panelists answered questions from the audience.